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became d.c. classics. tonight the entire area mourning the loss of chuck brown, who has died at the age of 75. few artists in our town have had the enduring impact chuck brown had. a month or so ago he was admitted to john hopkins hospital with a publicly undisclosed illness. since that time, the rumor mill was filled with stories about his condition and whether indeed he was even still alive. today it was confirmed chuck brown has died. reportedly from complications with pneumonia. ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's musical career spanned some 50 years. there was seldom a moment when he and his guitar were not together jamming out in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the early '70s chuck brown was coming into his own and go-go was born. the godfather of go-go what the world came to call brown, creator of a musical genre that became synonymous with d.c. brown described it as jazz infused funk music with latin and african flairs driven by percussian and accente
say some chunking of the debris the size of cell phones. nobody was hurt. >>> chuck brown, godfather of go-go, being celebrated today at the howard theater. thousands of people stood in lines that stretched for blocks to say farewell to the d.c. pioneer. >> good evening. t street northwest in front of the howard theater you can see filled with people. the interesting thing is, people come to this viewing. they wait in line. they go inside for a few minutes to pay their respects and then they come out and they don't want to leave. they want to be part of the street party. a sendoff for singer chuck brown. ♪ >> reporter: chuck brown was a force whenever he performed despite his success, he remained grounded and will always be remembered as the d.c. native son. >> he loved washington. he represented this city to the fullest. the city loved him back as you can see. >> reporter: fans waited in a long line that stretch three blocks at one point to get into the howard athleter to pay their last respects. >> what do you think he would be thinking? >> he would want to be playing. >> if he d
center with the opportunity to say good-bye to chuck brown better known as the godfather of go-go. ♪ ♪ >> this afternoon's home going service for chuck brown was a chance for fans to mourn and celebrate. it was the celebration, though, of the music and the spirit that he shared with the world. derrick ward at convention center now with more. >> reporter: well, indeed, jim. you know, on the official documents this was called the funeral. the first actually ever here at the convention center. but if you were inside it was a totally different mood. you called it right. you said home going service. it was more about celebrating chuck brown's life than it was about dwelling on the circumstances of his passing. ♪ ♪ >> the mood for the afternoon a round of go-go and some of the personal fafts of chuck brown. >> chuck was always about d.c. >> reporter: in a few minutes it was gospel go-go again. ♪ >> reporter: it was truly a home going service with brown in death as in life still front and center. physically, and in the hearts of other go-go pioneers. >> it's hours, our own t
at age 63. >>> now to our local legend chuck brown. his voice was deep and raspy and drums were the heart beat of d.c. chuck brown wasn't always the godfather of go-go. derrick ward got some insight from brown's former drummer. he was there for the birth of the one of a kind sound. >> reporter: the godfather is gone but not forgotten. the mural along martin luther king avenue with chuck silhouetted atop the big chair speaks to his iconic status especially here in anacostia. >> god just wanted a person up in heaven with some go-go talent. that's why he brought him home so he cob comfortable and in a better place. >> he was the earliest producer to take notice of chuck brown. he heard him play at the old knights of columbus hall. >> doing basically a lot of blues and standard stuff, a lot of the current r & b hits but he always had that different sounding voice. you know, like marvin gaye, james brown. it was unduplicatable. no one could sound like chuck and no one ever will. >> reporter: that led to him producing brown's first big album "we the people." over the years brown's fame would cr
georges county judge sentenced williams to life in jail plus 25 years. he shot trooper brown. brown kicked williams out for being disruptive. williams came back with a gun and shot brown. trooper brown's partner reacted to the sentence. >> to have someone, anyone to die around you but then have a partner who you cared for, that cared for everyone else take his last breath in your arms is something you can't tell anybody how you feel about that. it's something that you carry with you all the time, something i carry with me every day. >> brown's fiancee says justice has finally been served. williams maintained his innocence and did not speak before today's sentencing. his attorney plans to appeal. >> 19-year-old michael davis is charged with first degree murder in the death of gary dedrick. he's charged with two other hammer attacks in the same neighborhood. both of the other victims survived. davis is the brother of two nfl stars, 49ers tight end vernon davis and dolphins corner back vonte davis. >> day after getting a new five-year contract, d.c. police chief kathy lanier is denouncing a n
to then minor candidate sulaimon brown for his attacks on mayor adrian fenty. on wednesday, prosecutors charged a second campaign operative, howard brooks, with false statements to the fbi about the scheme to finance sulaimon's attacks. brooks has been cooperating with authorities and reportedly wore an undercover wire for investigators last year. charges against him now indicate another major step in this investigation. mayor vin send gray, his campaign activities under investigation, turned aside all questions about the corruption cases including the u.s. attorney's statement that gray's campaign activities deceived voters. >> the u.s. attorney has said in yesterday's thomas gore case, in 2010 the voters of the district of columbia were deceived by your campaign. >> i think you know there's an ongoing pepping investigation. so there's nothing really i can come on this. it is continuing to unfold. >> you know mr. gordon, mr. brooks, any personal feelings even though you can be comment on the race -- i mean, the investigation itself? >> i think not. >> the mayor aggressively changed the subject
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into the political payoff of suleman brown to then mayor fenty. the two cases mark a quickening pace into the investigation of political corruption of gray's 2010 campaign for mayor. the campaign that u.s. attorney ronald mason says deceived voters with wrongdoing. the suleman-brown scheme is only a smart part of larger investigation into possible shadow campaign of tens of thousands of dollars. some possibly fake contributions that helped fuel the gray campaign. mayor gray, who early on strongly insisted on his own innocence, is on advice of his lawyer now to decline to talk to report bers any aspect of the investigation that's now reaching inside of the core of his campaign. howard brooks is cooperating with authorities. at one point last year sources say that he wore a wire to help gather evidence. at practical court in downtown washington, top sherwood, news4. >> thank you, tom. >>> authorities are trying to figure out how a man and his two sons fell into a manure pit and died on a farm in kent county, maryland. the three worked on the farm in kennedyville on the eastern shore. t
insignificant. i thought of him in that little pearl of wisdom while reflecting on the death of chuck brown. so much has been written about chuck's influence on the music and temper of this town but it was donny simpson who in his own way probably put it best when he said when it comes to representing d.c. you got the washington monument, the big chair, and chuck brown. the chili bowl. here is where it gets good. in terms of music and musician whos have shaped the landscape chuck brown is part of a long, long line of giants. folks in detroit and philly love to brag about the enormous contribution their natives have made to the national musical tapestry. they are not to be denied. but neither are we. folks in d.c., we have been blessed with an abundance of musical genius that covers nearly the entire music spectrum from a back yard bucket to lewo inn and we're not new at this. two centuries ago john philips sousa put a lump in every patriot's throat with the stars and stripes forever. born right here. over in virginia there stands that pentagon. a pentagon of locally born or nurtured talent. in
brown. >> he ran on a flat form of honesty and it's hypocriticahyp. >> reporter: howard brooks and thomas gore each pleaded guilty to secretly funding brown. >> let's not minimize what occurred here. it was a deception of the public. it's deceiving the public which is a major crime when you're talking about elections and the fundamental bedrock of our democracy is having an open and honest election. >> reporter: light foot says it's possible gray knew or did nothing illegal, but many finity campaign workers would like to hear from mayor gray. >> we don't know if he's instead yesterday. but i do think it's time that the mayor tell us what he knows. >>> fenty has never publicly commented on the campaign's scandal. mayor gray says commentin commenting. >>> a mother had to fight off a baby accused of trying to snap her bus. it happened this morning on board an omni link bus near graham park road. wilder tried to grap her 6 month old son out of his baby seat, but the mom managed to stop her. >>> a mcclain man who seriously burned himself in a kitchen fire has died. police say 91-yea
in march, 2011, with allegations by former minor candidate sewell mon brown that he was paid by gray operatives to attack then mayor finty on the campaign trail in 2010. now in the first public action the u.s. attorney's office is charging that gray assistant treasurer thomas gore made at least three straw donations to an unnamed candidate for mayor and used fake names on the donations. sources say the candidate who got the fake donations was suleman brown. more seriously u.s. attorney ronald machen is charging gore with destruction of evidence including a spiral notebook. thomas gore, who has indicated he plans to plead guilty to the criminal information papers, faces up to 20 years on the destruction of evidence felony. attorneys say that could give him an incentive to disclose other campaign information for leniency. neither gray who is traveling on city business in las vegas nor his attorney robert bennett commented monday on the federal charges. thomas gore is 56, a veteran of city campaigns and community service work in southeast washington. neither he nor his attorney fred coo
surrounding d.c. mayor vincent gray and council chairman kwame brown. u.s. attorney ronald machon commented one day after former d.c. council member harry thomas junior was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $350,000 in city funds. the probes of gray and chairman brown involve separate campaign activities. >> we feel an obligation to move quickly but also carefully. and we know there is a sense of urgency. my office, my prosecutors are working very hard. a lot of late nights, long weekends. but we have a very important job to do and we can only move forward once we examine all the facts. i live mere in the city as well and i know the sense of urgency here and how important these matters are. >> reporter: both the mayor and brown have denied wrongdoing and say they are cooperating with the authorities. >>> sometimes for some of us, often we've driven under those large highway signs and the really big tall light poles that line the interstates. in the wake of one of those signs that came crashing down in the area several weeks ago the news 4's i-team reports for the first time what ki
honor, mr. stronach and in the company of mayor and lieutenant governor anthony brown to present to you, mr. reddam, the most coveted trophy in all of sport, the woodlawn vase. congratulations. >> thank you. >> i think i owe it to these guys, really. >> paul, can you take us through your emotions as you're watching that epic stretch unfold. >> well, i knew it was a long stretch. and i have to say, there was a point where i didn't think we were going to get there and we keep digging and bodemeister was running his guts out. it was a fantastic race. i didn't feel confident we were going to get there until about ten yards from the wire, and then it just all let go. >> no horse has won a triple crown since 1978, 34 years, the longest drought in racing history 37 what would it mean to paul reddam to own the next triple crown winner? >> 34 years? i didn't know that. no, i'm kidding. you know, laffit, i haven't thought past today because i just didn't let myself do it. you know, i just can't imagine it. so i'm just going to let it go at that. we'll roll one day at a time, and hopefully the hor
, will be laid to rest on thursday at st. john's parish. >>> tonight we know more about chuck brown's health problems. the d.c. music legend is suffering from pneumonia. the 75-year-old godfather of go-go cancelled or postponed concerts since march because of his health issues. his daughter, kk brown, who performs in her father's band declined to provide additional details. >>> civil rights icon rosa parks is going to be honored at the washington national cathedral. this thursday, a new sculpture of parks will be dedicated in the cathedral's human rights porch, a section of the church devoted to those involved in the fight for social justice and equality. back in 1955, rosa parks refused to give up her seat on a montgomery, alabama bus to a white passenger. her action was a major spark in the fight to end segregation. the sculpture will be dedicated during an evening ceremony, one of parks' nieces is expected to attend. >>> the author maurice sendak prided himself on writing and illustrating books that he said captured the truth about being a kid. today, local families honored the memory of
. >> the emergency proposal would have given one of the mayor's three appointments to council chairman kwame brown. brown said he wanted the mayor to have 30 more days to fill the crucial panel. at the ti harry thomas jr. stole $350,000 in city grant funds for his own use. a statement from the mayor's office tuesday said the mayor is fully committed and will soon send nominations to the council. our primary concern is getting the most qualified candidates. it should be about quality, not speed. >> i'm just going to leave this for the mayor. i think that's the way legislation was originally constructed. for the mayor to appoint the ethics panel. >> reporter: the ethics panel is just one of many boards and commissions that have major vacancies awaiting action by mayor gray. in the district, tom sherwood, "news 4." >>> a top homeland security official accused in a government fraud scheme pleaded guilty today. james woozily was the acting director of immigration and customs enforcement. he admits he took $180,000 in government money by forging travel vouchers and taking kickbacks. some of the money he
familied ray there. or cook. he also go by the name tone, hancock, and brown. police say he killed yolanda stone back in february, she was shot and died this weekend. police are now offering a $25,000 reward for cook's arrest. >>> there is an arrest tonight in the murder of a local up and coming rap artist. it's case that was unsolved for several months. pat collins with more. >> reporter: why was rapper frankly amobe murdered? they say he was selling crack cocaine and his killer wanted those drugs. ♪ frank wherein amobi, on stage, he was known as frank diggy. a noted rapper growing in popularity. franklin will amobi, murdered outside his white oak apartment december 27th, the last man murdered in montgomery county in the year 2011. now some closure. charged in the murder, 29-year-old dennis macabi, according to court documents, amobi was selling crack cocaine to mac a bi when he was killed in it a robbery. the break in this case came from what you might call the back door. according to the documents, a confidential inform apt in virginia came forward and said he had information about th
scott fujita with the cleveland browns now suspended for three games according to an nfl source all four players will appeal their suspensions. >>> finally, a very classy move from tampa by bay buck near's h coach. he signed one of his former players eric le grand to a contract. eric le grand suffered a spinal cord injury during the 2010 season. he can't play football anymore. he can't walk any more. said the coach of the le grand signing we just thought it was the right thing to do. his character, spirit, and perseverance are unrivaled. let's hit the hellie pad. greg preponderance of the evidenceo vich the nba coach of the year. led them to a number one seed in the conference. butler leaving the horizon league heading to the a-10. we'll see him play. that takes place in the 2013-2014 season. the bulldogs a very good basketball program. and berryville, virginia, their horse is going to start on the post for number six in saturday's kentucky derby. that's right here on nbc 4 of course. 6:24 is the official post time. big derby weekend. hopefully a big night for the capitals. you remember
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